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The Essex Serpent : a novel

New Adult Fiction - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 04:22
by Perry, Sarah, 1979-
Publisher Custom House, am imprint of WIlliam Morrow, [2016] ©2016
First U.S. edition.
416 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number F PER
Summary When Cora Seaborne's brilliant, domineering husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was not a happy one. Wed at nineteen, this woman of exceptional intelligence and curiosity was ill-suited for the role of society wife. Seeking refuge in fresh air and open space in the wake of the funeral, Cora leaves London for a visit to coastal Essex, accompanied by her inquisitive and obsessive eleven-year old son, Francis, and the boy's nanny, Martha, her fiercely protective friend. While admiring the sites, Cora learns of an intriguing rumor that has arisen further up the estuary, of a fearsome creature said to roam the marshes claiming human lives. After nearly 300 years, the mythical Essex Serpent is said to have returned, taking the life of a young man on New Year's Eve. A keen amateur naturalist with no patience for religion or superstition, Cora is immediately enthralled, and certain that what the local people think is a magical sea beast may be a previously undiscovered species. Eager to investigate, she is introduced to local vicar William Ransome. Will, too, is suspicious of the rumors. But unlike Cora, this man of faith is convinced the rumors are caused by moral panic, a flight from true belief. These seeming opposites who agree on nothing soon find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart--an intense relationship that will change both of their lives in ways entirely unexpected"--

Onslaught : the war with China --the opening battle

New Adult Fiction - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 04:22
by Poyer, David,
Publisher St. Martin's Press, 2016.
First edition.
309 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number F POY
Summary "The latest in David Poyer's acclaimed novels about the modern Navy and Marine Corps, Onslaught chronicles Dan Lenson's latest challenge as the U.S. Navy struggles to hold Taiwan, Korea, and Japan against a massive Chinese offensive. The prize: domination of Asia and the Western Pacific. As the United States' computer, satellite, and financial networks are ravaged by coordinated digital attacks, China and its associated powers begin to roll up and intimidate American allies, launching invasions of India, Taiwan, South Korea, and Okinawa. USS Savo Island, captained by Dan Lenson, is one of the few forces left in its way. With a fractured crew under attack from an unknown assailant aboard their own ship, and facing missile launches from above and below the sea's surface, can Dan and his scratch-team task force hold the line against an overwhelming enemy? Or will the U.S. lose the Pacific--and perhaps much more--to an aggressive and expansionist new Chinese Empire? The most explosive novel yet in the long-running Dan Lenson series, Onslaught begins an utterly convincing scenario of how a global war with China could unfold"--

The seventh plague : a Sigma Force novel

New Adult Fiction - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 04:22
by Rollins, James, 1961-
Publisher William Morrow, [2016] ©2016
First edition.
xiv, 425 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number F ROL
Summary Two years after vanishing into the Sudanese desert, the leader of a British archaeological expedition, Professor Harold McCabe, comes stumbling out of the sands, frantic and delirious, but he dies before he can tell his story. The mystery deepens when an autopsy uncovers a bizarre corruption: someone had begun to mummify the professor's body--while he was still alive. His strange remains are returned to London for further study, when alarming news arrives from Egypt. The medical team who had performed the man's autopsy has fallen ill with an unknown disease, one that is quickly spreading throughout Cairo. Fearing the worst, a colleague of the professor reaches out to a longtime friend: Painter Crowe, the director of Sigma Force. The call is urgent, for Professor McCabe had vanished into the desert while searching for proof of the ten plagues of Moses. As the pandemic grows, a disturbing question arises.

How will I know you? : a novel

New Adult Fiction - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 04:22
by Treadway, Jessica, 1961-
Publisher Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
First edition.
407 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number F TRE
Summary "A page-turner about the murder of a teenage girl, from the author of Lacy Eye ... On a cold December day in northern upstate New York, the body of high school senior Joy Enright is discovered in the woods at the edge of a pond. She had been presumed drowned, but an autopsy shows that she was, in fact, strangled. As the investigation unfolds, four characters tell the story from widely divergent perspectives: Susanne, Joy's mother and a professor at the local art college; Martin, a black graduate student suspected of the murder; Harper, Joy's best friend and a potential eyewitness; and Tom, a rescue diver and son-in-law of the town's police chief. As a web of small-town secrets comes to light, a dramatic conclusion reveals the truth about Joy's death"--

The lying game

New Adult Fiction - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 04:22
by Ware, Ruth,
Publisher Scout Press, 2017. ©2017
First Scout Press hardcover edition.
370 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number F WAR
Summary Four girls are best friends and inseparable at Salten, a second-rate boarding school near the cliffs of the England Channel. They are notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies to both fellow boarders and faculty. Their little game has consequences when they soon learn their shared past was not as safely buried as they had once hoped.

The woman in cabin 10

New Adult Fiction - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 04:22
by Ware, Ruth,
Publisher Scout Press, 2016.
First Scout Press hardcover edition.
340 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number F WAR
Summary In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie's works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo's stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for--and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo's desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong.

A monster calls [DVD videorecording]

New Feature Film DVDs - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 22:21
by Bayona, J. A. (Juan Antonio),
Publisher Focus Features, [2017] Distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2017]
Widescreen.
1 videodisc (approximately 109 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Video DVD
Call Number DRAMA MON
Summary Twelve-year-old Conor, dealing with his mother's illness, a less-than-sympathetic grandmother, and bullying classmates, finds a most unlikely ally when a monster appears at his bedroom window. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth.

Ben-Hur [DVD videorecording]

New Feature Film DVDs - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 07:20
by Bekmambetov, Timur, 1961-
Publisher Paramount Home Entertainment, [2016]
Widescreen.
1 videodisc (124 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Video DVD
Call Number ACTION BEN
Summary The epic story of Judah Ben-Hur, a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption.

Florence Foster Jenkins [DVD videorecording]

New Feature Film DVDs - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 07:20
by Frears, Stephen,
Publisher Paramount, [2016]
Widescreen.
1 videodisc (110 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Video DVD
Call Number COMEDY FLO
Summary Based on the incredible true story of a New York socialite who dreamed of becoming a great opera singer. While the voice she hears in her head is beautiful, to everyone else it is hilariously awful. Her husband and biggest fan, St. Clair Bayfield is determined to protect his beloved Florence from the truth. But when Florence stages a huge concert at Carnegie Hall, he faces his greatest challenge to make sure her performance is a rousing success.

Southside with you [DVD videorecording]

New Feature Film DVDs - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 07:20
by Tanne, Richard,
Publisher Miramax ; Lionsgate, [2016]
Widescreen.
1 videodisc (approximately 84 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Video DVD
Call Number DRAMA SOU
Summary Chronicles the summer afternoon in 1989 when the future President of the United States, Barack Obama, wooed the future First Lady, Michelle Robinson, on an epic first date across Chicago's South Side.

Suicide squad [DVD videorecording]

New Feature Film DVDs - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 07:20
by Ayer, David,
Publisher Warner Bros., [2016] Warner Home Video, [2016]
[Rental].
1 videodisc (2 hr., 3 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Video DVD
Call Number ACTION SUI
Summary U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined that only a secret group of despicable individuals with nothing to lose can avert a potential apocalypse. So, she has assembled the world's most dangerous super villains, given them a powerful arsenal of weapons, and sent them off on a suicide mission.

Wolverine. Old Man Logan

New YA Graphic Novels and Manga - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 01:17
by Millar, Mark.
Publisher Marvel, 2010.
Collected editions.
1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Books
Call Number GN YA F WOL
Summary For 50 years, no one has heard from Wolverine. In his place stands an old man called Logan who is concerned only about his family. But then he is forced to help an old friend --the blind archer, Hawkeye--and drives three thousand miles to secure his family's safety and challenge the Hulk Gang.

Ghost in the shell [DVD videorecording]

New Feature Film DVDs - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 01:17
by Sanders, Rupert, 1971-
Publisher Paramount Home Entertainment, [2017]
Widescreen.
1 videodisc (106 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Video DVD
Call Number ACTION GHO
Summary In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: a human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen.

Gifted [DVD videorecording]

New Feature Film DVDs - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 01:17
by Webb, Marc,
Publisher 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2017]
Widescreen.
1 videodisc (101 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Video DVD
Call Number DRAMA GIF
Summary Frank Adler is a single man raising a child prodigy, his spirited young niece Mary, in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother Evelyn, whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary.

The boss baby [DVD videorecording]

New Feature Film DVDs - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 01:17
by McGrath, Tom, 1964-
Publisher 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2017]
Widescreen.
1 videodisc (97 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Video DVD
Call Number FAMILY BOS
Summary A hilariously universal story about how a new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative seven-year-old named Tim. With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, it is an authentic and broadly appealing original comedy for all ages.

The Martian [DVD videorecording]

New Feature Film DVDs - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 01:17
by Scott, Ridley,
Publisher Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2015]
Widescreen.
1 videodisc (141 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Video DVD
Call Number SCI-FI MAR
Summary After a bad storm blows across Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead and left behind. Now stuck on a hostile planet he must find a way to contact Earth and, in the meantime, survive on limited supplies.

Soul cage

New Mystery Fiction - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 22:16
by Honda, Tetsuya, 1969-
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First U.S. edition.
299 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number M HON
Summary "A worker reports his boss missing, and a large amount of blood is found in the rented garage he used. At the same time, a severed left hand is found in a minivan abandoned in the outskirts of Tokyo, which is quickly identified as belonging to this missing man, Kenichi Takaoka. Lt. Reiko Himekawa of the Homicide Division of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department is assigned to the investigation, along with her squad and several other units. From the amount of blood spilled in the van and at the crime scene, it's clear to the team that the missing contractor Keninichi Takaoka is dead and presumably murdered. But searches of the area around the abandoned van and the river itself fail to turn up the rest of the body. The mystery surrounding the murder takes a sharp turn when a childhood friend of the presumed victim is shown a recent photo and definitively declares that the missing man is not Takaoka. With every line of investigation leading to a confusing dead end, Himekawa and her team uncover a trail leading to a long-running yakuza scheme of forced suicide for profit, a complex history of victims, and a case of past transgressions coming back to destroy the present. As time runs out, Himekawa must unravel the mystery surrounding the severed hand if she's to protect and rescue the next victim"--

A distant view of everything

New Mystery Fiction - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 22:16
by McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
Publisher Pantheon Books, [2017]
First United States edition.
240 pages : map ; 22 cm.
Books
Call Number M MCC
Summary "A new baby brings an abundance of joy to Isabel Dalhousie and her husband, Jamie--but Isabel's almost four-year-old son, Charlie, is none too keen on his newborn brother. In fact, Charlie refuses to acknowledge Magnus, and Isabel must find a way to impress upon her older son the patience and understanding that have served as guiding principles in her own life. These are, of course, the qualities that bring Rosemary Hipple, an old acquaintance of Isabel's, to seek her help in a tricky situation. Rosemary is something of a matchmaker, and has brought together a cosmetic surgeon and a successful banker at her most recent dinner party. But new information comes to light about the cosmetic surgeon that causes Rosemary to doubt the auspiciousness of the match. Isabel agrees to find out more, but her inquiries takes an unexpected turn, and she starts to wonder which of the two she should be investigating after all. As ever, her intelligence, quick wit, and deep empathy for others will come to her aid as she grapples with the issues that are her bread and butter: friendship and its duties, the obligation of truthfulness, and the importance of perspective"--

Yamada-kun and the seven witches. 14

New YA Graphic Novels and Manga - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 19:16
by Yoshikawa, Miki,
Publisher Kodansha Comics, [2017]
185 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 20 cm
Books
Call Number GN YA F YOS

Deadfall [CD sound recording]

New Books on CD - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 19:16
by Fairstein, Linda A.,
Publisher Penguin Audio : Books on Tape, [2017]
Unabridged.
10 audio discs (approximately 11 hours, 30 minutes) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
Audio CD
Call Number BOCD M FAI
Summary "Hunting a killer within New York's urban jungle becomes the biggest case of Alexandra Cooper's career in New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein's latest riveting thriller. A wild heart beats within New York City. Amid concrete and skyscrapers, the Wildlife Conservation Society works to preserve and protect the animal kingdom both within and beyond the borders of the five boroughs. But dangerous creatures don't always have claws and fangs, as Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper and NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace know all too well. Predators lurk close to home, and in the aftermath of the shocking assassination of an iconic public figure--someone Alex has worked with for years--the trio must unravel the motive behind the shooting to discover who is the bigger snake: the killer or the victim. The murder investigation provides more questions than answers, as a tangled mess of secrets slowly comes to light. From street gangs to secret societies, from big-game hunting to the illegal animal trade, from New York City zoos to the highest offices in city government, Alex has her work cut out for her--especially since the task force, led by the US Attorney, seems to be more against her than with her. As tensions rise between Alex and the feds, she must determine just how far she is willing to go to uncover the truth--and uphold the integrity of the office she has so proudly served."--

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